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Jazzman Laurence Hobgood hears a melody in his music

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Laurence Hobgood and his trio brings an innovative, engaging brand of jazz to Allentown Symphony Hall, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, in the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room.

Hobgood is noted for his near 20-year collaboration with singer Kurt Elling, a combination that garnered 10 Grammy nominations. He’s also a top-notch jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and producer as well as a Yamaha artist and Grammy winner for his 2009 CD, “Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music...

Straight outta Cambridge: King’s Singers’ 50th tour

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Grammy and Emmy awards-winning British a cappella group, The King’s Singers, celebrates its 50th anniversary with the “Gold” concert tour, stopping at 8 p.m. Jan. 20, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The group, which originated at King’s College, Cambridge, is made up of countertenors Patrick Dunachie and Timothy Wayne-Wright, tenor Julian Gregory, baritones Christopher Bruerton and Christopher Gabbitas, and bass Jonathan Howard.

“Like everyone who comes to the King’s Singers,...

Review: ‘Billboards’

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a difficult movie. Uncomfortable as it is, it’s a film that should be seen, and can be viewed as a cautionary tale for all, not only residents of Ebbing, nor billboard companies.

“Three Billboards” got four Golden Globe awards Jan. 7: Drama, Screenplay (Martin McDonagh, who directed), lead actress, drama (Frances McDormand) and supporting actor, drama (Sam...

Dorothy actress travels back to ‘Oz’ at State

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Kalie Kaimann is heading down the Yellow Brick Road again as Dorothy Gale.

The national tour of the musical version of the beloved 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz,” stops for performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“This is my second time playing Dorothy. I had the honor to play [the role] last year with The Children’s Theatre in my hometown of Cincinnati,” says Kaimann in a phone interview.


Respectfully Yours: Write thank-you note

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Special to The Press

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I am terrible about writing thank-you notes. I am inconsistent about this basic rule of etiquette. I mean well, but I always end up putting it off or forgetting. When should you write a thank-you note? Or is this practice outdated?

Dear Reader,

Thank-you notes show appreciation for a thoughtful act or gift, and are absolutely necessary. Sitting down and writing a thank-you note is a warm,...

Young Artist contest

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Focus


The video auditions and applications deadline is Feb. 28 for the Friends of Music of Bethlehem “Outstanding Young Artist Competition” for Lehigh and Northampton counties voice students up to age 20 and instrumentalists up to age 19.

The winner will receive a recital, 3 p.m. April 29, Wesley United Methodist Church, Bethlehem, and $600.

Performers must present a 25-minute recital of music from the standard repertoire. Competitors provide their own...

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, January 20, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Jan. 17: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.

Thursday, Jan. 18: Pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple.

Friday, Jan. 19: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, vegetable medley, pineapples.

Monday, Jan. 22: Chicken a la king, whole wheat pasta, carrots, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, Jan. 23: Three cheese ziti with meatballs, spinach, fresh fruit.


The Family Project: Social media upsets

Saturday, January 20, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 19-year-old daughter went away for the weekend with some friends. Someone posted photos on social media sites, and they include my daughter drinking and engaging in unacceptable behavior. One photo is definitely of her drunk. She is very upset and realizes that she made a few bad decisions. Should she be worried that someone could see these social media postings? She is applying to colleges.

The panel of experts first addressed the issue of photos on social media. “If the family...

Northampton County senior menus

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JANE KNOTEK in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, Jan. 17: Chicken corn chowder, fried haddock sandwich with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce, cole slaw, citrus breeze.

Thursday, Jan. 18: Onion Romano soup, smoked sausage, grilled potatoes w/ egg, three bean salad, fresh biscuit w/ margarine, apple walnut crumb cake.

Friday, Jan. 19: Baked meatloaf with gravy, oven-browned potatoes, seasoned roasted carrots, wheat bread with margarine, fresh fruit cup.

Monday, Jan. 22:...